Neptune gets Dutch govt backing for green hydrogen project
The Dutch government announced on July 22 it had awarded a €3.6mn ($4.2mn) grant to Neptune Energy's PosHYdon pilot project, which aims to produce green hydrogen at the Q13a-A platform in the Netherlands' North Sea zone.
The subsidy paves the way for the project to go ahead, with additional funds to be provided by Neptune and its partners. Joining Neptune in the venture are Nexstep, TNO, Neptune Energy, Gasunie, Noordgastransport, NOGAT, DEME Offshore, TAQA, Eneco, Nel Hydrogen, InVesta, Hatenboer, IV-Offshore & Energy, and Emerson Automation Solutions.
"PosHYdon will provide the insights necessary to develop large scale green hydrogen production at sea," Neptune's managing director for the Netherlands, Lex de Groot, commented.
The Dutch North Sea can serve as a "new energy hub" for green hydrogen, he said, taking advantage of its existing oil and gas infrastructure and offshore wind energy potential. Under PosHYdon, offshore wind power will be supplied to a 1-MW electrolyser at the Q13a-A platform that will produce hydrogen from seawater.
Neptune discussed PosHYdon and its other climate initiatives in an interview in April.